The Fundación Patrimonio Industrial Andalucía awards the Historical Recreation “Canteros y Caciques en la Lucha por el Mármol” (Stonemasons and Chieftains in the Fight for Marble) the Prize for the most relevant intervention to activate the Industrial Heritage of Andalusia.
The Mayor of Macael, Raúl Martínez Requejo, went yesterday afternoon to the headquarters of the Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage in Seville to collect the award. The event was attended by Juan José Primo Jurado, director of the IAPH; Guillermo Casquet Fernández, territorial delegate of Economy, Finance, European Funds and Industrial Policy and Energy in Almería; Miguel Ángel Morales Ruiz-Tapiador, director of banking and institutions at the Caja de Ingenieros Group; and Inés Durán Montero, president of FUPIA.
The Industrial Heritage Foundation of Andalusia is a non-profit organisation, promoted by the Official Association of Industrial Engineers of Western Andalusia, to safeguard the industrial heritage of Andalusia as an essential link between the history of our Community and its industrial reality. Its trustees also include Andrés Sánchez Picón, Professor of History and Economic Institutions at the University of Almería, the Department of Historical Heritage of the Andalusian Regional Government, the Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute, the Official Association of Industrial Engineers of Eastern Andalusia, the Andalusian Association of Industrial Research and Cooperation, and the Official Association of Mining Engineers of Southern Andalusia.
In collaboration with the Fundación Caja de Ingenieros, last August the V EDITION OF FUPIA AWARDS (period 2018-2021) was announced with the aim of publicly recognising and disseminating the work that researchers, companies, associations, the public sector and individuals carry out in favour of Andalusia’s Industrial Heritage. This 5th edition is dedicated to the memory of the most important economic historian of the last 60 years, Professor Jordi Nadal Oller, whose work completely renewed the studies of population history and the history of industrialisation in Spain, and to whose figure this year’s awards are dedicated.
The awards have two categories: for the best research project on Andalusian Industrial Heritage, and for the most relevant intervention for the activation of Andalusian Industrial Heritage. In this second category, the prize was awarded to the Historical Recreation “Canteros y Caciques en la lucha por el mármol” (Stonemasons and Chieftains in the fight for marble) for highlighting, safeguarding and disseminating the Quarrying of Macael Marble as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Its concession is added to the Progreso Prize, awarded by the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, and the Almanzora Prize, awarded by La Voz de Almería, endorsing the success of this event, in which all the neighbours of Macael, bearers and true protagonists of the Culture around Macael Marble, participate actively, in spite of its still short trajectory. It will undoubtedly contribute to promote the candidacy of the Macael Marble Quarrying to the UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity.